Email to Ben and KoriAnn
Glad you like my letters, I don't remember saying anything funny, but you know mom, she gets a kick out of everything. I wish I had more time, wow this hour flew by. Glad to hear you understand your calling, it is devastating when people don't show up to church! Trust me, I feel you haha! Where are you going on a cruise?! that's exciting. You better save up for California in 2 years, you're coming whether you're pregnant or not! (;
I love you so much, send my love to your family and get will wishes to Ben, what a trooper. Tell Brighton I miss him like crazy! Tell him to keep spreading the word about me and California, what a crack up. Love you!
Love, Elder Bennion
Email to Pam
Pam! You received part of my letter I see! it's true, her name is Carol Griffin (here he is referring to a black woman that reminds him of Pam) and she is just lovely. It's very good to hear from you! I'm glad we can talk on a more personal level and that i'm your first email, that rules! (: Walking, ugh haha! blisters hurt, that's for sure. But at the end of the day, it makes me feel like i'm doing as the Lord asks and that makes me feel very accomplished. There are times that I miss home (Like when I talk about movies ha!) but then there's that piece of me that wouldn't rather be anywhere else than here. I have my good days and my tough days, but Elder Holland once said "If it was hard for the Savior, why shouldn't it be for us?" So true, Life can be tricky, but you gotta roll with the punches and endure through your trials with our Savior, especially since He can pull you out of the wreckage and use those trials to build us even stronger than we were before. Those are what led me to California. I'm so thankful to be serving a mission, my MTC president pointed out that from here on out, it isn't about me anymore, and I have adopted that concept and tried using it here for the times I do not feel like walking miles to be rejected. The Lord has a plan for them, and it doesn't mean he loves them any less, so why should I? I need to keep more in mind that we are all Sons and Daughters of God, what a privilege. Hope all is well at the theater, thanks for helping out my family. You're the best! Love you.
Email to Mom
sigh I don't have much time to email you, so i'll have to write you a letter. Just know that I love you and miss you so so so so much and I can't even express it! I can't tell you how happy I am to hear about Shelby, the Lord's doing great things! I wish the best for you and the fam and the theater. I promise i'll write longer on Tuesday! (Monday is Presidents day and the library is closed that day, spread the word!) LOVE YOU!
Email to ShelbyThe joy that I receive when I read emails like this make being out here in California so worth it, you have no idea. Hearing news like this has brought the utmost biggest smile to my face, because I will tell you what. Being on a mission is not easy! I have 3 letters that i'm going to send tomorrow ha, they just pile up! and a small surprise i'm really excited for you to see, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
WOW! Marriot, new apartment close to Koriann, Ben, and the best babies in the world, a roommate that is like-minded and will only build you up, and you get the explorer! Wowza, you don't know how happy that makes me. I'm so so excited for you! The future does sound promising, this sounds like it could lead to something big! (: You'll love $11 an hour, ahhh!!!!! I can't get over this, i'm sure you're still freaking out as well. I'm always lookin' out for you, I knew my mission would bless our family, but I was not expecting news like this! Man, you're going to be loving life (: So you start in a week huh? you'll definitely have to tell me about your first day of training.
Well, let's see. the weather is a hit or miss, but today's pretty good. I don't really have anything new to say other than we were at an investigator's house today named Benito, he fed us breakfast and he loves us, it's awesome. He's such an interesting person. He's this Mexican tatted gang-banger looking guy who is built, is into fighting, LOVES his family and will do anything for them, loves to cook, and loves to dance, like hip hop and breakdance. He's a person that you wouldn't want on your bad side, I reeeeally hope he'll want to be baptized so I can show you a picture. At his house today, Dark Horse came on and at this point, i'll take in any music I can get ha! I felt kinda guilty listening to it, especially since he knows we can't listen to music, so I wasn't gonna ask him to turn it off. And then titanium came on and Stay the night and it was kinda Apostate of me, but it was so nice at the same time! agh.
I'm most of the time really obedient though, everyone has places where they can improve, right?
Thank you so much for emailing me and for delivering this great news, i'm overwhelmed with joy, to be honest. Please make sure to E-mail me every week, I love hearing from you guys so much, you have no idea. I miss you like crazy, but you should be expecting a couple letters in the mail this week.
I love you!